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Belief can move mountains – and transform schools
Belief can move mountains – and transform schools
It was in one of the classrooms near the swimming pool when I was 13 that I decided I’d had enough of God. Instead of being the reliable,...
Muslims long at home in New Zealand
Muslims long at home in New Zealand
When the New Zealand Muslim Association summoned Ahmed Said Patel from Gujarat to Auckland, he had a rough idea of what his responsibilities would...
Story of an African feminist
Story of an African feminist
With a long fascination for both the Karoo and storytelling, I have surprised myself by belatedly realising how little I knew of one of the...
Let the small gods live on in cowpats, Santa and song
Let the small gods live on in cowpats, Santa and song
When I was eight, my Waldorf School class went for a camp on a biodynamic farm called Bloublommetjieskloof in the Boland. We were taught how to...
Fighting the ‘whiteness’ of hope
Fighting the ‘whiteness’ of hope
Relaying stories of her upbringing, Mel is full of funny little anecdotes. Flitting between uproarious laughter and mischievous giggles, she...
Faith is a feminist issue for women in the Catholic church
Faith is a feminist issue for women in the Catholic church
A woman lies prostrate in front of the altar while three officiants in cassocks, stoles and vestments lead the service.
Liberation theologian practises what he preaches
Liberation theologian practises what he preaches
‘Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the...
The role of spirituality in Western politics
The role of spirituality in Western politics
When sung in earnest, the South African national anthem feels ethereal. And perhaps it’s because it’s religious: Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was a hymn before it became the musical score for our delicate democracy. In a country where citizens proudly start the anthem with...
Thuli Madonsela on faith and its role in society
Thuli Madonsela on faith and its role in society
When she was appointed public protector in October 2009 Thuli Madonsela could not have predicted the dark times she would face when her investigations brought her face to face with the highest power in the land: the president of the republic....
How religious will the world be in the future? Here's what the data says.
How religious will the world be in the future? Here's what the data says.
Data, like the scriptures, typically reveals the hand of its creator – which, in both cases, is human. This is a prosaic way of saying that data...
We’ve bastardised blessed with a #
We’ve bastardised blessed with a #
‘May He give you all the desires of your heart” – Psalm 20:4.
Politicians and pastors preach a false gospel
Politicians and pastors preach a false gospel
The French existentialist philosopher and novelist Jean-Paul Sartre pointed to the dilemma of God and belief. “That God does not exist, I cannot...

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